Griffith Park Mountain Lion Found Sick, Possibly Poisoned

Griffith Park Mountain Lion Found Sick, Possibly Poisoned

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(FOX 11) Rat poison may be responsible for the sorry condition of a wild mountain lion in LA's Griffith Park.

The mountain lion is known to the National Park Service as ‘P-22'. Not long ago, it appeared to be strong and healthy. But animal workers noticed the 4-year-old cougar had become sickly (probably with the skin disease "mange") when they went to replace the batteries in its tracking collar.

It is believed that the cat probably ate animals exposed to poison from residential bait traps.

The poison often works its way up the food chain, becoming more harmful as the dose accumulates in larger animals.

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